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STEVE STIVERS

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Border Insecurity: the Crisis at our Southern Border

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Washington, Jul 28 | comments
We are a nation of immigrants, but we are also a nation of laws. I support those who go through the proper, legal channels in order to become a citizen of our great nation. However, in the past months, we have witnessed a growing humanitarian crisis on our nation’s southern border as the number of illegal immigrants only continues to grow.
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We are a nation of immigrants, but we are also a nation of laws.  I support those who go through the proper, legal channels in order to become a citizen of our great nation.  However, in the past months, we have witnessed a growing humanitarian crisis on our nation’s southern border as the number of illegal immigrants only continues to grow.  

There must be accountability at our borders.  In order to address this issue, we must first and foremost secure our borders and ensure the proper interior enforcement of our laws to stop the tidal wave of immigrants illegally crossing into the United States.  Secondly, we must enforce our immigration system in a legal and orderly way- which should not include granting amnesty to those who knowingly and willingly cross our borders illegally.

I believe the Obama Administration has played a large role in creating today’s environment that has encouraged tens of thousands of immigrants to cross our borders. By simply proposing the idea of granting amnesty, the Administration has created an incentive to attempt the treacherous and illegal crossing.  In short, the influx of illegal immigrants are a direct result of policies the President knew wouldn’t work.

So, why are we currently experiencing a crisis?  According to a July 17, 2014 article in USA Today, in this fiscal year, over 40,000 children from Central America have entered into our immigration system after crossing over the U.S. border. In 2011, less than 4,000 children from those same nations came to our country illegally.  This is unacceptable and must be addressed in the right way so that the unsafe and dangerous journey of tens of thousands of minors does not continue.  

President Obama has offered a $3.7 billion plan to address these issues; however, this plan costs too much and is not focused on expediting the return of these children home.  Children belong with their parents, and reuniting these kids with their families must remain the priority in addressing this situation.

Please know that I look forward to working with Members on both sides of the aisle to find a solution that will first and foremost quickly reunite children with their parents and secure our borders to curb the growing number of illegal immigrants on our borders.

As always, I look forward to constituent input.  I invite you to call my Washington D.C. Office at (202) 225-2015, Hilliard Office at (614) 771-4968, Lancaster Office at (740) 654-2654, or Wilmington Office at (937) 283-7049 to share your thoughts with me.

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